Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
I thought Punk/Taker was brilliant, not going to lie. Punk was down right fantastic in it. From his stuff during Taker's entrance, to his stuff during his control segment to his stuff during the finishing run. Everything he did was great, and that's not just me being a big Punk fan talking, he was legit awesome in it. Punk and Taker are two guys who just know what they're doing in terms of controlling a crowd in the ring through their performances, and while Punk was the star, Taker was great too. Loved Punk being a fighting dickhead and not a chickenshit dickhead, that's exactly how he should be booked. He wasn't scared, he acted like he didn't give a toss and it ruled, usually that might be annoying but Punk makes it work here through his mannerisms and expressions. I absolutely adored the Old School spot, again Punk came off as a guy who knew what he was doing against Taker, he was the champion for over a year, he beat everyone, so he's going to be a threat to Taker kayfabe wise no matter his size because of his tenacity and skill in the ring and he played that role to perfection. I honestly thought the GTS no sell into the Tombstone was ridiculously awesome and I flipped my lid for it. This isn't anyone no selling the GTS, this is The Undertaker at Wrestlemania with his streak on the line avenging his dead father and fighting a guy he's learned through the course of the match is actually really fucking good and might have the win if he lets up for a second. The way he stumbled on to the ropes and then came off as almost possessed and threw Punk up like a child was just really cool to me. Plus I bought that near fall like anybody's business and Punk kicking out was awesome because I legit thought that was it unlike the HHH Tombstones the two previous years. I know people have kicked out of that move before at Mania (recently anyway), but that was HBK, Undertaker's greatest rival, and Triple H who'll obviously make himself look super human, I honestly didn't think they'd have Punk kick out of it. Table spot looked nasty on Punk's end and was the only slight blip in the match for me, it didn't look good for either guy. I really liked the Urn spot, played into the build up and even though that build was awful at least in didn't come off as completely pointless. Taker sitting up in the Vice was another super cool spot, and so was the tombstone reversals and Punk doing Taker's pose, once again coming off as a guy with no fear which is the exact way he needed to be booked in this match for anyone to believe he was a threat. Final Tombstone looked sick too. So glad it didn't turn in to a finisher fest in the slightest, Punk didn't get a nearfall with the GTS either and I didn't mind that, It wasn't really needed to get Punk over because he did that himself through his performance. Having a crowd vocally cheer for him at least 50/50 with Taker is testament to that. Yeah, I thought this was brill. ****1/2
As for other stuff from Mania, HHH/Bork was bad, Rock/Cena was pretty ridiculous but I didn't actually hate it. probably all down to Cena being fucking great in it with his expressions and mannerisms and slight heel tease stuff. The spot where he punked out the rock with the Peoples Elbow and stopped at the ropes and gave him that 'Bitch, please' look was legit amazing.